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So you want to remodel your kitchen? Quick Tips…

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the July 19th, 2010

Shop for a contractor
Get bids from several contractors. Remember, while price is important, choosing the company with the lowest price “is not always the best idea,” warns Sara Ann Busby, vice president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Make sure the job specs are the same for each company. That means you need to be very specific about the products and materials you want used.

Check out the contractor
Finding a good, reputable contractor is more important than price. I frequently hear horror stories from consumers who had a contractor start the job and then disappear, leaving their kitchen torn up and unusable.

Ask the contractor for:
– Proof of a current license and insurance coverage — liability, property damage and workers compensation.

– A list of suppliers. Call them to see if the company pays its bills on time.

– A list of past customers. Talk to former customers about their experience.
Before you sign anything, find out more about the contractor. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau and your state’s Attorney General or Consumer Protection office.

Buy the right stuff
There are ways to get a nice look without going top-of-the-line. “You just need to know where to save and where to splurge,” says Consumer Reports Bob Markovich.

Set up a payment schedule

You never want to pay for the entire construction project up front.
The contract should spell out the schedule for the rest of the payments, either based on specific dates or project points, such as when the electrician starts or the cabinets are installed.

Don’t make the final payment until everything is done, the final inspection is completed, and you are satisfied with the results.

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  1. on October 10th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Appreciate it for helping out, superb info. “The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.” by Will Durant.

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